Tottenham’s U19 international stars are coming home. Italy defeated England 2-1 today in the semifinals of the UEFA U19 European Championships today in Germany.
Italy’s Federico Dimarco had a brace for the Italians, who will progress to the finals to play the winner of Portugal and France. England were given a lifeline late in the match after an 85th minute own-goal by midfielder Alberto Picchi, but were unable to get the equalizing goal.
Tottenham’s Josh Onomah again started the match and went the distance for England in central midfield, a departure from his usual position as an attacking midfielder. Young fullback Kyle Walker-Peters also started the match but was substituted in the 84th minute for Charlton Athletic product Ademola Lookman.
It’s a disappointing end to the Euros for the Young Lions, but they did enough to qualify for next summer’s U20 World Cup in South Korea. By all accounts both Onomah and Walker-Peters impressed for England; Onomah is hoping to turn this experience into additional minutes with Spurs’ first team, while Walker-Peters might be set for a good loan this year.